OnceWed and PreOwnedWeddingDress and Tradesy

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
10891 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@simone_s: In hindsight I’d consider doing it. 

Post # 4
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260 posts
Helper bee

I have definitely been searching for certain designers on all 3 sites, but have yet to purchase a dress.  If you’re looking for a specific designer, you can type, for example, “Jenny Packham Willow size 2 for sale” on google, and any results on any site will pop up, I’ve found.

Post # 5
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182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am looking at going this route myself! I have been looking for Alfred Angelo’s style 8600 in valentine. I have yet to find it in anything BUT teal lol

Post # 7
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1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

@simone_s:  After going dress shopping with one of my friends at one of these type places for recycled/used dresses, I would not do it myself. And she ended up deciding she was against it too.

The bride had been in love with the idea of using a recycled dress and kind of insisted we check out this store. The bride is a taller, curvy girl. Because the dresses had already been tailored and altered to the previous owners sizes, not one dress looked right on her. Not one. She hated every dress she tried on. Most of the dress were torn, stained or ripped – clearly from the big day of the previous owner.

We realized it would cost more to get the dresses altered, tailored, fixed, dry-cleaned, etc., then buying a brand new dress and having the alterations done for it. It just wasn’t worth it in the end.

Post # 8
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34 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@simone_s:  

I purchased one of my vow renewal dreases on preowned and another on ebay the key is to get one that hasn’t been altered except for length.Make sure its been dry cleaned as well.You can save a lit of money but make sure you ask lots of questions first.

Post # 9
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260 posts
Helper bee

There’s also lots of cases where people purchase a dress, then decide on another, so they’re unaltered and with tags attached. 

Post # 10
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MangoSong:  Why didn’t she look at dresses bigger than her size?

Also, I would think any reputable place would have cleaned them. The dirty secret of bridalware is that a goodish number of these dresses can be just popped in the wash, regardless of what the tags say.

OP, I went to a Brides Against Breast Cancer sale and the dresses there were in outstanding shape.

Post # 11
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212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@simone_s:  All of these websites are good and fairly secure.

I don’t think it is true that all of the dresses listed here are a mess, dirty , etc, (that statement is factually incorrect). You will find a lot of lovely designer dresses on there for half the price. Thats a big saving for designer gowns! I iisted my dress on all three sites and mine was professionally cleaned, preserved and in great condition. Most adverts will state the condition of the dress, location and they will have it cleaned (at your request) if not already.

Would recommend you go to a bridal salon, try on the gowns to short list the dress/silouette that you like (rather than shopping on the internet alone) and then shop on pre-owned, once wed, etc., thereafter. Ask the owner (who are predominantly previous brides) lots of questions on the condition of the dress, size and alterations, etc. Once you know what you want, request an appointment, actually speak to the dress owner, inspect the dress, try it on, etc. Also I would not buy a dress off the classified section on this website. You will receive endless emails from fraudsters (I had to pull my adv off this site – it was terrible). The other websites have better controls, guidance and monitoring in place to track this type of activity. So far I have had nothing but a good experience.

And another thing, even when you order a brand new dress, the dress salons typically order a size up because the samples dresses have been stretched, etc. This means that you will always need alternations no matter what. If you order a second hand dress, of course it would have been already altered to fit the previous bride. Ask questions on what they changed, usually there will allow enough material on the seems to be let back out. If not find a dress a size up and have it altered to fit you (your going to have to do this anyway on a new dress). The point is your getting beautiful designer gowns half price. The expensive ones have been looked after by the previous owner. 

 

Post # 12
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1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

@EffieTrinket:  She did look at dresses bigger then her size. We looked at everything her size and up. But if you have slimmer hips and a larger bust then the person the dress was altered for, or vice versa, regardless if the dress is still 4 sizes to big, it just won’t lay right.

We went to two different places that had recycled dresses. Both places were not really helpful… actually, one of the worst experiences I have had, and I wasn’t even the bride.

 

Post # 13
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212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MangoSong:  Sounds like  you were going to a second hand bridal place not really dealing with individual brides selling their dresses themselves?

Post # 14
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1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I bought my dress off of preownedweddingdresses.com and I am SO happy I did. I saved 5k! My dress was a reception dress, I was really lucky though, the previous owner and myself shared almost the same measurements. That’s my recomendation, you’ll save more if the dress is used instead of a sample, ask lots of questions and look for someone in your height range and size, height without shoes that is! Usually the proportions will be somewhat closer so you can fudge a bit going a couple inches too big in certain areas…. that’s what worked for me!

Post # 15
Hostess
2920 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ordered mine off preownedweddingdresses.com.  I saved over 50% and the dress is in almost perfect condition and needs very very little alterations.  My dress is a little short on me but I am a tall girl so there’s not much to be done about that! I was on a huge time crunch and the bridal salons were gonna take forever to get the dress in, this way the girl shipped it and I received it within 1 week

Post # 16
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I ordered shoes off Tradesy and didn’t have any issues. I actually saved a lot of $ too.

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